Professor Joel Mintz reports on some good news:
earlier this month, EPA and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with respect to the EPA's library system. Under that agreement, all of the closed EPA libraries, including EPA's main headquarters library, its chemical library, and the libraries in EPA Regions 5, 6 and 7, will be reopened by September 30th of this year. Most of the materials that were in the closed libraries will be returned to those facilities, catalogued, and made available to the public and to EPA's staff. Moreover, the libraries will be regularly open to the public for sufficient periods of time that full public access to their contents will be assured.
Prof. Mintz undoubtedly deserves some of the credit, insofar as he helped organize letters by law professors protesting the closings. I previously blogged about the EPA library closings here and here.